With the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa reaching the highest record of over 4,000 deaths, where Liberia has the highest death toll of over 2,000, the management of the security of the State remains paramount, with drugs control, immigration and the patrol of the country’s very porous borders of priority concern.
The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) whose goals are to promote the rule of law and stability in the country, has sponsored a 10-week training for 49 senior officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and the Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA), which is due to end this Friday.
The UNMIL-sponsored training is part of their ‘Quick Impact Project’ initiative.
The Director General of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) Oblayon Nyemah, Sr., said the senior Bin and DEA officers will be certified at the end of an intensive leadership and management training.
The training ran from July to September, but the graduation exercise had to be postponed owing to the outbreak of Ebola, which led to the State of Emergency and the restrictions on public gatherings.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, the LIPA boss said the National Security Advisor to President Ellen Johnson-Sirelaf, Dr. H. Boimah Fahnbulleh will serve as the guest speaker.
“The Institute offers various levels of training, ranging from short-term competency courses to long-term graduate professional development courses. Customized courses are offered at the request of client organizations.
The design of these various levels of training, whether regular or customized, meets the demand of the participants for state-of-the-art technology, modern facilities and highly qualified institutional and adjunct faculty staff,” LIPA Director General said.
“LIPA formerly the Institute of Public Administration (IPA), is the sole government agency responsible for providing management training, research and consultancy services to the public service.”
LIPA’s recent training included the orientation of 25 newly recruited directors of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.